This ahead of schedule up-down Breitling ref. 174 chronograph fueled by a Venus 170 is really an uncommon piece, particularly in a dark dial version.
It would be an amazing chronograph on the off chance that it had a 38mm case. Indeed, it doesn’t, however it actually makes for a stupendous watch. The plan, creativity and extraordinary inclination under your fingers when you begin playing with the clock capacities all add to the wow factor of this 33mm Breitling chronograph.
Bigger Breitling observes effectively get north of €2,000 and getting a nice piece has become increasingly testing. As Mike used to joke, a more modest measurement Breitling is simply excessively little for WatchFred (check his , if his name doesn’t ring the chime), so you actually can discover some around. I detected this Breitling ref. 174 at that offers reasonable looks at reasonable costs. This little diamond caught my eye promptly, so I called dibs. Truly, any value south of €1,000 euros for a respectable Breitling chronograph is reason enough to open up a container of Champagne.
Breitling ref. 174
As consistently when I consider buying any Breitling, I contacted Fred to get his considerations on it first. To cite him, “the Breitling ref. 174, for example waterproof cal. 170 is very uncommon, acceptable dark dial models are truly uncommon.” As far as we could discover, the Venus type 170 was dispatched in 1938 and could be found in the 1939/40 Breitling indexes onwards. As a kindness from Fred, to whom we are appreciative, we are adding a couple of important screen captures from early Breitling catalogs.
There are a couple of realities worth taking note. The assortment of chronographs on offer is terrific. You can discover watches with various case shapes, haul shapes, dial or hand styles. A bunch of chronographs included in the 1940 Breitling list is presented with a feature perusing, “Low Priced Chronographs.” Just investigate this page and you can see oval, round, and rectangular pushers. There is a snail track dial or throb dial, thicker and more slender cases. Furthermore, the equivalent can be said about the hauls. The alternative in the base right corner is by all accounts the nearest guide to the chronograph highlighted today.
Some individuals say that what’s little is excellent and this case genuinely conveys on that proclamation. The case extents are even, with the hauls neither excessively long, excessively short, nor excessively plump. The general look gives you the impression of an energetic watch. A major piece of the watch’s difficult to-oppose charm must be ascribed to the round pushers. On the off chance that you know about Breitling chronographs from that range, you need to concede that the round pushers stand out.
Where is my bezel?!
Calm down, please. I guarantee you, there is no bezel missing. Despite the fact that I should admit, I was somewhat perplexed as well. During my first days with the Baby Breitling, I was unable to pinpoint what was so weird when I took a gander at it from above. Simply after nearer assessment of the ventured upper ring around the dial did I understand what it helps me to remember. This specific Breitling case fundamentally resembles an Omega Speedmaster deprived of its bezel. Generally, the upper ring is level or slants down progressively from the middle aside. This one resembles its prepared for a bezel establishment. After my psyche prepared the eccentricity of this curiously ventured profile, I presently discover it amusingly crude and original.
The dial was the fundamental motivation behind why I chose to land this Breitling ref. 174. Dark dial variants are difficult to come around and the equivalent can be said about the very much protected lume. I’m glad that here, the two subtleties are entirely combined. The matt dark appears to be really worn out on the sun. A few spots seem like they chose to surrender the battle with daylight and blurred into lighter pale shadows that spread for the most part around the sub-registers. It happened delicately and it’s noticeable just under nearer assessment. All else appears to be leveled out with the dark dial keeping up its unique glory.
The Arabic numbers and particularly the lume styling have a place with the main three in my watch assortment. The lume mass is thick to such an extent that it looks juicier than a weighty portion of mustard on your morning eggs. Take a gander at number eight or ten, the accuracy of the mass application is of crazy quality. It becomes considerably more crazy when you understand that Breitling was selling it as a “Low Priced Chronograph.” It just demonstrates that eighty years prior much less expensive things were worked to endure until the end of time. Revolving around my UV light over the dial makes the numbers imagine they’re making a decent attempt to gleam. It resembles attempting to get my canine to take a stroll at 2 AM. Nonetheless, it bears rehashing that the lume material is about 80 years of age and it’s difficult to trust it hasn’t been contacted along the way.
To see a sub-seconds and moment counter at 6 and 12 is substantially more invigorating than the run of the mill arrangement at 3 and 9. At the point when I place my finger over the top counter, I see a quite nice three-hander. A basic detail, for example, setting the moment counter at 12 changes to such an extent. Enacting the Venus 170 chronograph development interestingly was as paramount an encounter as it was with Gallet Excelsior Park EP 40-68.
Pressing the upper pusher is regularly simple, with a solid and high snap that appears to happen not right beneath the pusher, but rather shockingly a lot further. The fly like bolt hand in moment sub-register moves from one moment to another absolutely in the last second of the focal second lap. Resetting the chronograph is similarly fulfilling. The snap of the base pusher sounds more empty. The trip of the focal second hand back to zero is one of my #1 subtleties. It is jingly, yet that move helps me to remember a slap. I utilize the chronograph frequently when this Breitling ref. 174 turns out to be on my wrist.
The inconspicuous silver early-style Breitling logo looks as charming as holy messengers on Raphael’s artworks. The needle hands have kept the lume unblemished, without a solitary break. Brief track with numbers detained in it is imprinted in a respectable, brilliant tone. Four lines looking into the issue back are pretty “weighty content,” however in accordance with the moderate Breitling case back execution. A more slender and more limited light earthy colored calfskin tie with lopsided shading (from anOrdain) wound up as the best counterpart for this Breitling ref. 174, for the time being.
As ruthless as it might sound, the present patterns propose that a 33mm measurement is an off limits for some, cutting edge watch fans. I ask you not to be such a perfectionist and free your wrist up to more modest measured watches. I dare say that this Baby Breitling shows the most amazing aspect dial creativity and dependent on my own insight, it never felt lost on my wrist. Just wearing huge watches is exhausting. Are you prepared to separate your stereotype?